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Rattray's on MalaMala
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Beautifully appointed lodges. Privacy at its best. Amazing game drives with Daniel our ranger always searching and tracking the best opportunities to view the host of wildlife. Alex and Nerine headed up the very courteous team to ensure we had a fabulous stay and especially making our 25th wedding anniversary memorable. Thank you

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Dear Guest,

Such a wonderful review on MalaMala, we are ecstatic to know you had a 'vacation' with us and to top it all, your 25th wedding anniversary was made special by our team, thank you for celebrating it with us. We will definitely pass your compliments to Daniel, your ranger and hope to welcome you again to MalaMala for another unforgettable safari experience

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

How to describe. Three nights at the wonderful Rattray's. Two full days and two half days with Joe the Ranger. A perfect few days. Our suite / villa / lodge - difficult to know what to call an 8 room home - a huge bedroom and living room with a view out over the river, a his and hers suite of rooms (a shower/bathroom, a toilet/sink room and a dressing room EACH. The food was excellent and the wine flowed freely. The staff from the managemet down were wonderful, kind, informed and absolutely charming. You were met by at least one of the senior management team everytime you came back from a drive - a really nice touch. Joe, out Ranger, was an absolute legend - we saw everything several times including lions, lionesses, leopards plus many many more. We had an extraordinary experience watching bullfrogs fighting and mating (see pictures) and Joe lying in a puddle to photograph them. This was the perfect time for us!!! Thank you everyone at Rattray's for making our stay so unforgettable

Room Tip: All of the rooms overlook the river
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for the lovely review on MalaMala Game Reserve, it gives us pleasure to know you enjoyed your safari experience with us .

We will definitely pass your compliments to all the staff, especially Joe, your ranger who gave you priceless moments with the diverse MalaMala wildlife on your game drives .

We look forward to welcoming you once again for another '10' safari experience.

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Reviewed 22 January 2017

the staff at Rattray's are fantastic! The ranger guides are very competent, informative, enthusiastic and dedicated to making our visit incomparably exciting for viewing the wildlife and all the beauty of the region. The rooms are very comfortable and well thought out, the dining room and the informality of the lodge are genuinely geared to the maximum care of the guests. We had a wonderful experience at Rattray's and we highly recommend the facility. I am ready to return as soon as possible. Simply the greatest way to enjoy being on Safari.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We recently spent 3 nights here on our first safari in Africa .

The game viewing was fantastic, saw the big five and more on our first game drive. Our ranger Joe is very knowledgeable and passionate about the animals and the environment. He is polite and helpful, and we are very grateful to have him as our ranger.

The food is adequate, not over the top. If you wish to have something different from what is offered on the menu, the chef would do his best to accommodate.

The suite / lodge was elegant and luxurious with his and hers bathroom , outside shower, and a huge deck to relax and watch for animal activities . Well maintained and housekeeping did a fantastic job.

We are certainly hooked on African safari and already planning our next trip.

Our only gripe - for the price we paid, we were charged for the one beer my husband drank on the sundowner / picnic ? Additionally, we have to pay for WATER during meals ? A bit petty and calculative , we think, compared to other similar high end lodges.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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MalaMalaGameReserve, General Manager at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2017

Dear Guest ,

Many thanks for taking time to write a review on MalaMala, we do always appreciate feedback from all our guests.

You will be delighted to note that Rattray’s on MalaMala is now inclusive of all non-premium drinks, bottled water and sparkling water. This was introduced in January 2017.Thank you for your feedback and we will certainly pass on your glowing reference to Joe.

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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Our two boys are now in their mid-20's and we thought we'd push the boat out for a last big family holiday and this was just the most perfect 4 nights.

Everything about this place is high class, without being stuffy, and for us it was made extra special by our Ranger Brendon. His friendly personality, knowledge, interest, and willingness to "go the extra mile" to give us good sightings, will mean we doubt if we can ever match such a fantastic safari experience. There are just 4 people per vehicle, which meant that we had the jeep to ourselves. making it a special trip where we could ask if he could try to find us a certain type of animal, which he could normally oblige with. And sometimes we even got the animals to ourselves, with no other vehicles, making it an incredibly private experience, And there are never more than 3 vehicles allowed on any sighting.

Luckily for us, he loves his sport, which meant we has lots to talk about out of the vehicle too!

We saw the big 5 with some amazing close-up experiences with lions, elephants and leopards and on our last morning saw the big 5 in one drive!

The accommodation is what you'd hope for, for the (it has to be said, considerable) money, huge and comfortable. We used the small gym, which was good to have on site, though didn't use the pool as not heated.

Finally, Nareen and Alex were excellent hosts and were great in booking us a flight back to J'berg rather than try the long car journey back. I’d always take the internal flights between J'berg and Skuzuza airport, a mere 40 minutes away.

Oh, one last thing, we said to our boys that we couldn’t think of a better honeymoon destination, if they can afford it!

Steve, Ali, Tom and Jack

Room Tip: all rooms are the same i think
  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Stes W
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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for taking time to write such a wonderful and very informative review about MalaMala. We are thrilled to know you had a fabulous game driving experience and your accommodation exceeded your expectations. We thrive to always meet our guests needs at MalaMala and i will definitely pass on your compliments to Brandon, your ranger and the rest of the staff.

We hope your boys will come for their honeymoon and with their children... ,years later of course, the experiences and memories gained at MalaMala are exceptional and hard to forget.

Please do join us again for another fabulous safari experience with us .

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